Stock Market Close, Aug. 19, 2014: U.S. stocks roared again Tuesday, buoyed by strong earnings reports and a slew of positive economic data. The surge was led today by The Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), which saw shares rise nearly 6% after the company beat Wall Street estimates for its second quarter.
Today's stock market, August 19, 2014: U.S. stocks soared Monday on positive housing data and growing merger and acquisition activity. The Dow gained 175 points, while the S&P 500 Index is again taking aim at the historic 2,000 mark. The Nasdaq is back at a 14-year high.
Stock market news, Aug. 18, 2014: This week, leaders of the U.S. Federal Reserve will be meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for the central bank's annual economic symposium. The meeting is expected to provide significant focus on the labor market and some focus on monetary policy for the road ahead. Meanwhile, this week is an important earnings period for home and consumer retail companies.
Dow Jones today, Aug. 15, 2014: U.S. stocks slumped Friday, turning downward from early gains this morning, after new reports emerged of rising geopolitical conflict in Ukraine. This morning, a Ukrainian military leader said his forces had attacked a column of Russian armored trucks that crossed the border.
Dow Jones today, Aug. 14, 2014: U.S. stocks shook off rising jobless claims and rose as concerns abated over geopolitical tensions in Ukraine. This morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin said before government ministers and the Crimean Congress that his country would help end the conflict in the region as soon as possible.
Stock market news today, August 12, 2014: U.S. stock markets jumped modestly Monday as they continued to recover from a recent reversal. Investors remain guarded about geopolitical concerns in Ukraine, Gaza, and Iraq, although easing tensions in some of those recent hotspots may be giving stocks a lift.
The consumer staples led today's gains, propelled by a positive earnings report by Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY), which saw shares increase by more 3% after its announcement. Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) were also up 4.5% after the company received another upgrade from Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB).
Stock market today, Aug. 11, 2014: U.S. stocks jumped modestly Monday as markets continued to recover from a recent reversal.
The consumer staples led today's gains, propelled by a positive earnings report by Sysco Corp. (NYSE: SYY), which saw shares increase by more 3% after its announcement. Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) were also up 4.5% today.
Stock market news today, August 11, 2014: The DJIA and other U.S. markets soared on Friday after positive economic data indicated fundamental growth in the domestic economy. According to reports, American workers were highly productive in the second quarter, while labor costs were on the rise. The news is a welcome change from the slew of negative data that rocked the first quarter.
Dow Jones today, Aug. 7, 2014: U.S. stocks fell sharply in the final hour of trading Thursday despite declining jobless claims in the U.S. economy.
The ongoing standoff between the West and Russia continues to offset confidence in the U.S. economy. This morning, Moscow banned most food imports from Western nations in response to heightened economic sanctions.
Stock market news today, August 7, 2014: The U.S. stock market was sluggish yesterday (Wednesday), with benchmarks eking out modest gains.
Concerns about geopolitical pressures in Ukraine temporarily abated, but investors are taking notice of brewing economic problems in Europe. A slew of bad data suggests a choppy road ahead for the European Union, which has a combined GDP that is roughly $600 billion larger than the U.S. economy.
Stock market today, Aug. 6, 2014: U.S. markets were sluggish this afternoon, with benchmarks eking out modest gains. Concerns about geopolitical pressures in Ukraine temporarily abated, but investors are taking notice of brewing economic problems in Europe.
Gold prices were up nearly 2% on the day, surpassing the $1,300 threshold this afternoon.
Stock market close, August 5, 2014: After ending in positive territory yesterday, U.S. markets crumbled again today on concerns of heightened geopolitical tension in Ukraine. The energy sector saw a broad sell-off during the afternoon.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which gauges investment fear, jumped roughly 11.5% on the day.
Dow Jones today, August 5, 2014: U.S. markets roared back on Monday, boosted by strong quarterly results from Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A). The company's B-shares (NYSE: BRK.B) were up 3.25% on the day.
The S&P 500 Index climbed yesterday after the market lost roughly 2.7% last week. The markets also reacted positively to news that the Portuguese government will offer nearly $6.6 billion (4.9 billion euros) in emergency lending to stave off the collapse of its largest financial institution, Banco Espirito Santo. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX), which gauges investment fear, slipped more than 12% on the day.
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) Today, August 4, 2014: U.S. markets roared back on Monday, boosted by strong quarterly results from Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A). The company's B-shares (NYSE: BRK.B) were up 3.25% on the day.
The S&P 500 Index climbed today after the market lost roughly 2.7% last week.
Stock market today, August 4, 2014: U.S. stock markets slumped again Friday despite positive news on the employment front. The U.S. economy added another 209,000 jobs in July, a sixth-consecutive monthly gain. However, the estimate fell short of economists' expectations, and the unemployment rate increased to 6.2% as more Americans search for work. The S&P 500 posted its largest weekly loss since April.
This week, two bellwether companies will report their earnings: American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) and The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS).